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Acer SPIN 1: Laptop Review

Acer SPIN 1 : Laptop Review 

Acer Spin 1 : Laptop cum Tablet Review
Acer Spin 1 : Laptop cum Tablet Review

Netbooks are the least powerful and cheapest form of laptops. They usually come in 10–12 inch screen sizes and do not offer the best hardware.  The new Acer Spin 1 is not the best in terms of performance, but apart from this there are some other things that can be taken care of. We have spent quite a bit of time with this Acer Spin 1 device and we found that Acer Spin 1 performance is not as good as we expected, but in some aspects it is also better than expected. Acer Spin 1 is launch with the price lum sum INR Rs. 30,000.

Acer Spin 1: Specification

  • Display : 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 p
  • CPU     : Intel Pentium 4200
  • GPU     : Intel HD 505
  • RAM     : 4 GB
  • Internal Storage : 500 GB
  • Operating System : Windows 10
  • Software : Microsoft office bundle

Acer Spin 1 : Build and Design

Acer Spin 1 : Build and Design
Acer Spin 1 : Build and Design

Being a budget centric machine, Acer Spin 1 tries to offer the right mix, build and quality of specifications. This means that the Acer Spin 1 does some compromises in this low cost laptop. The front and back of this Acer Spin 1 device have textured like denim, which gives it a premium look. The keyboards on the deck and the frame around the display have also been textured, but only black exteriors have been given in Acer Spin 1.

Because it is a part of the spin range, Acer Spin 1 display can be rotated up to 360 degrees, making it an 11.6-inch Windows tablet. Apart from this, thick black color bars are present around the display so that it can be easily captured in the tablet mode.  Acer  has put some effort to design this Acer Spin 1 machine.  For example, when using the keyboard deck curves on the Acer Spin 1 display side, users get a good grip when using Acer Spin 1 in tablet mode and are able to use it easily. Acer Spin 1 hinges are also very strong, which is a good thing. When you use Acer Spin 1 like a normal laptop, it does not even know whether it is there or not.

There are some flexs in Acer Spin 1 display and body, but if look at Acer Spin 1 price and specifications, I feel that Acer has done a good job.

Acer Spin 1 : I / O and Display

Acer Spin 1 : I/O and Design
Acer Spin 1 : I/O and Design

Acer Spin 1 also attracts a lot in the display department. This Acer Spin 1 machine has an 11.6 inch full HD display which gives a very crisp look. Acer Spin 1 has plain colors that cover 100% of sRGB gamut and 76% of NTSC. Due to gorilla glass, it also feels very smooth to use. Acer Spin 1 IPS LCD panel offers good viewing angles. However, it is not very bright and in sunlight you will take some time to understand the content running on the display. Acer Spin 1 also has a small light bleed but it does not spoil your viewing experience, as long as you are not seeing anything in complete darkness.

Apart from this, the Acer Spin 1 display supports good touch input. You can also use this Acer Spin 1 laptop like a tablet or in a tent mod to watch videos or browse any common web. However, we suggest you change the layout from 100% to 150% to make the interface for touch usage a bit more. Of course, Windows is still struggling to offer tablet experiences, there are only a few apps that offer seamless touch support.

Like the display, the I / O selection is no less attractive. HDMI out is present on the left side of the Acer Spin 1 laptop, there is a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and a microphone and headphone jack. There is a micro SD card slot and barrel power pin jack on the right side of Acer Spin 1.  Since it is a convertible, Acer Spin 1 power and volume keys are placed on the right side. In addition, replacing the micro SD card slot would have been much better.

Acer Spin 1 : Keyboard and Touchpad

Acer Spin 1 : Keyboard and Touchpad
Acer Spin 1 : Keyboard and Touchpad

Acer Spin 1 has a chiclet style keyboard. Its keys have been slightly textured which give good control over the keyboard and can be used without sound. They feel very soft to touch. For keyboard layout of Acer Spin 1, we did not like the dual-function top row for quick toggles, due to which you have to hold 'Fn' key to use. Being a limited space, Acer Spin 1 has moved brightness control, volume control and 'pg up' and 'pg dn' keys along with arrow keys. This means you have to take care while typing or moving the cursor, otherwise you will end up and go to the next page. Sometimes the function of "fn + right arrow" works when moving the cursor with "ctrl + right arrow" which increases the brightness.

Also, the touchpad of Acer Spin 1 is small, but it works well. Touchpad is very smooth according to this budget category. Its right and left clicks are not well explained but in this budget it is not bad.

Acer Spin 1 : Performance

Acer Spin 1 : Performance
Acer Spin 1 : Performance

Acer Spin 1 machine works with Intel Pentium N4200 processor which is combined with 4GB of RAM. This is enough for everyday applications. It works well when you use the pre-installed MS Office or any web present in it. Acer Spin 1 1080p panel does not do much work in terms of performance but if you are fond of watching videos then you will not complain. This Acer Spin 1 laptop can handle all popular video codes and audio output, its two firing speakers work decent.

However, if you are expecting the performance of Core i3 level then you will definitely be disappointed with Acer Spin 1. The small N4200 in Acer Sapani is one of the most powerful mobile Pentium processors, but you cannot use games or heavy photo editing apps in it.  Also, multi-tasking is also limited as this Acer Spin 1 laptop only comes with 4GB of RAM.

At this price it is difficult to praise the hardware and software present in this Acer Spin 1 machine.

 Acer Spin 1 : Battery life

Acer Spin 1 performance could have been improved further with the Intel Core i3 processor, making it appear that the N4200 was an essential compromise for battery life.This Acer Spin 1 laptop scored an effective time of 5 hours and 49 minutes in PCMark Battery Life Work Benchmark, which is better than many laptops falling in this category.

Acer Spin 1 : Bottom line

Acer Spin 1 has an attractive touchscreen display, decent keyboard and touchpad setup and also offers good battery life. Acer Spin 1 build quality and performance could have been improved further, but if the price is seen then both of them seem to be a small compromise. Overall, if you are looking to buy a laptop that comes with 1080p touch-capable display, Windows 10 and pre-installed MS Office, then this Acer Spin 1 may be the only option for you. However, you also have to keep in mind that Acer Spin 1 processor is sufficient for everyday applications only.

Acer Spin 1 : Decision

Acer Spin 1 is a combination of features that you will not find in any other laptop at this price. It is slightly compromised in terms of performance and build quality and offers impressive screens and pre-installed MS Office. This Acer Spin 1 laptop is worth noting.

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